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Lunenburg County woman arrested in crash that killed senior

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- SaltWire file
ALDERSVILLE, N.S. —

RCMP have arrested the driver of a car involved in a fatal crash in Lunenburg County on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the 24-year-old Lunenburg County woman was arrested Sunday and released later in the day.

She has been charged with criminal negligence causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

A Chrysler sedan was attempting to pass other vehicles on Highway 12 in Aldersville when it collided with an oncoming Volkswagen car just before 4 p.m.

A 71-year-old Kentville woman, who was a passenger in the Volkswagen, died at the scene. The female driver was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. 

The Chrysler driver was also taken to hospital.

New Ross and Kentville firefighters responded to the scene.

The accused is free on conditions, including that she not occupy the driver's seat of a motor vehicle and not be in the care and control of a motor vehicle. She is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater provincial court Dec. 18

The highway was closed for about seven hours while an RCMP collision reconstructionist worked at the scene. 

About an hour after the crash, the driver of a vehicle that stopped at the police roadblock at the scene was arrested for impaired driving. When the 85-year-old man was told the road was closed, officers noticed signs of impairment. He was arrested and police seized open liquor and an unsecured shotgun.

The man, from Aldersville, was taken to the Chester RCMP office and held in custody until he could be released to a family member.  He is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater provincial court on Jan. 15, 2020, on charges of impaired driving and refusing the breathalyzer.

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